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Packers release DE Ray Drew after less than 2 months with team

Ray Drew becomes a free agent just days before the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Drew's tenure with the Green Bay Packers proved to be a short one. On Monday, the defensive end's name appeared on the official NFL transaction report, designated as waived.

Drew joined the Packers on March 14 as a street free agent, having previously spent time with the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns during the 2015 season. He stuck Green Bay long enough to participate in the team's offseason workouts, which began earlier in April. Drew represented one of the famously free-agency averse Packers' few outside additions this year. The team also signed tight end Jared Cook, offensive lineman William Campbell, defensive end B.J. McBryde and quarterback Ryan Williams as well, though only Cook has meaningful NFL experience.

Drew's departure opens up a roster spot just days before the 2016 NFL Draft. It also leaves the Packers with only six full-time defensive linemen on the roster, a group headlined by the recently extended Mike Daniels and Letroy Guion. Datone Jones could also see time along the defensive line, though the team plans on utilizing the former first-round pick as an "elephant" edge rusher more during the upcoming season.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.